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Why Washington Drives Mayors Crazy

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:03am

Close to 300 of the nation's mayors have been meeting in Washington this week. They've found networking with their peers to be a lot more productive than trying to lobby Congress.

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Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Plead Not Guilty

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:01am

Both were released on their own recognizance and ordered not to leave the country. The McDonnells are facing corruption charges stemming from gifts they received from a political donor.

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President Boehner? Not If That Rules Out Wine And Cigarettes

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:15am

The House speaker used a rare appearance on late-night TV to joke about why he won't be running for the White House, and to make some more serious predictions about this year's elections.

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Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity the president gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal.

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Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

The U.S. Conference of Mayors brings together the country's mayors for three days to discuss budgets, crime, water and infrastructure. Mayors of big cities usually don't have any trouble making their voices heard. But mayors from the country's smallest towns and cities are also trying to make an impression.

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Va. Attorney General's Decision On Gay Marriage Shows 'Disrespect'

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Virginia's attorney general surprised the state's political circles on Thursday when he announced he will not defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage when it goes before a federal judge next week. Virginians had varying reactions to Mark Herring's decision.

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Tea Party Voters In Idaho Don't Want Feds Intruding

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition's David Greene introduces us to the residents of Chalice, Idaho, where debate over the reach of Washington and how state land is used, or not, is lively.

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Life-Support Battle Over Pregnant Texas Woman In Court Friday

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:43am

Marlise Munoz is 22-weeks pregnant and being kept on life-support machines at a Forth Worth hospital against her husband's wishes, who says his wife is brain dead. The hospital says state law compels it to continue to keep the woman alive.

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Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:34am

The retirement of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has unleashed a scramble for the job. Eight Republicans are trying to out-conservative one another in battling for the nomination. And Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, has emerged as the likely Democratic nominee.

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Conservative Writer D'Souza Indicted On Campaign Fraud Charges

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:34pm

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, a vocal critic of President Obama, is accused of making illegal contributions in a 2012 Senate race. Authorities say he also made false statements about the contributions.

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Latest 'Rising Stars' Highlight GOP's Outreach To Women

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:38pm

As if to underscore GOP efforts at outreach to women voters, a breakout session of the Republican National Committee's latest "rising stars" at the group's winter meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., entirely comprised young women.

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Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:04pm

Less than two weeks after taking office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Critics contend he's ignoring the will of a majority of state voters who passed the ban in 2006.

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New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:00pm

In his second week in the job, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Herring says he has concluded that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

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Tea Partiers Hope To Crash Senator Graham's Re-Election Bid

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:00pm

2014 marks the first time Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has had to run for office since the emergence of the Tea Party. Graham's heading into a primary with already four Republican challengers who say he's not conservative enough for the Palmetto State. NPR's Ailsa Chang traveled down there to check in on a race voters say has become a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in South Carolina.

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Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:35pm

What happens when state politicians get caught in hot water? Tell Me More looks at the scandals involving former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Texas state Senator Wendy Davis.

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Tea Party Wants To Make Spending A Federal Case In Idaho

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition co-host David Greene is traveling in Idaho this week ahead of a very competitive primary that may replace a longtime moderate Republican member of Congress. Incumbent Mike Simpson faces a challenger backed by the Tea Party.

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Will Voters Or Courts Decide Virginia's Gay-Marriage Case?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00am

The Virginia case is one of several that is barreling its way toward the Supreme Court. There have been debates on the gay-rights side over whether to move this issue forward in the political arena or use the court system.

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Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:43am

The government agency at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal may be little-known outside of the Northeast. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey controls a pot of money bigger than the budget of some states.

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Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:44pm

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.

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Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:56pm

Former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was indicted Tuesday, is the latest in a long line of governors to run afoul of the law. In Illinois alone, three have ended up in prison since the 1980s.

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